Updated August 26, 2023

University of Saskatchewan

2023 Cycle Information

Criteria applicable for all medical graduates; for specific information, please see tabs.

The 2023 provincial criteria is currently under review.

Please note that the criteria on this page is from the 2022 match. Updated criteria will be posted on this page in the upcoming months, once it has been reviewed by the province.

CRITERIA APPLICABLE TO ALL MEDICAL GRADUATES

GENERAL INFORMATION The Ministry of Health for the Province of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan have agreed to the following policies for the 2023 R-1 match. Please note that individual programs may list specific criteria that will be used to review applications.

Applicants are responsible for thoroughly reviewing the University of Saskatchewan provincial criteria and individual program descriptions to ensure they meet all requirements and eligibility criteria. Failure to meet or provide proof of any of the stated requirements or documents may result in an applicant’s file not being reviewed or ranked.

Please note that PGME will not discuss applicant files with anyone other than the applicant, the program director and/or administrator, CaRMS, and/or the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification

Prior to the commencement of training, all matched applicants must provide proof of ACLS certification that is current as of July 1, 2023. The ACLS Provider course must be certified by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or the American Heart Association. ACLS training that is not certified by one of these two organizations and/or is completed entirely through an online course will not be accepted. Applicants are responsible for all costs associated with obtaining ACLS certification.

Resident Boot Camp

All matched applicants must attend a mandatory three-day Resident Boot Camp scheduled for late June. The purpose of the Boot Camp is to provide additional support to trainees as they transition to residency by introducing and consolidating baseline skills and knowledge needed to flourish during their residency years. The program will include interactive case-based and hands-on practice sessions. There will also be a social event to provide trainees with the opportunity to interact and network among themselves. Stipends will be provided to trainees.

Attendance is required and absences are permitted in exceptional circumstances, with prior approval of PGME.

COVID Vaccination Requirements

Applicants matched to all University of Saskatchewan residency training programs must ensure they are compliant with current vaccination policies for the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Health Authority, and Province of Saskatchewan in order to commence their training program on July 1, 2023.

For the most up to date information, click on the following links:
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Health Authority
Province of Saskatchewan

LICENSING BODY College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan

Matched applicants must be eligible for an educational register license with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) for a July 1st start date and must maintain eligibility for an educational register license throughout their entire training program. Any delays in providing all required documentation to CPSS may result in the following:

  • delay in issuance of an educational register license and a delay in the start of postgraduate training beyond July 1st
  • release from CaRMS match contract

Credentialing

Matched applicants must be eligible for and maintain privileges within the Saskatchewan Health Authority as determined by their credentialing process. The Saskatchewan Health Authority requires successful applicants to submit a current criminal record check as part of their pre-resident application for appointment. Applicants with criminal records will be considered on a case by case basis by the College of Medicine in consultation with the Health Authority.

MATCH STREAMS All CMG Stream and IMG Stream positions unfilled after the first iteration will be blended into a single stream for the second iteration. These positions will be open to unmatched CMGs/USMGs/IMGs, current residents who wish to transfer, and practicing physicians who meet University of Saskatchewan provincial criteria, as well as program-specific criteria as outlined in individual program descriptions.
RESTRICTIONS Positions in the 2nd iteration are not open to Visa students.
CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Accepted Citizenship types
Canadian citizen
Canadian permanent resident
Accepted Citizenship documents
Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of card)
Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
Deadline for providing Citizenship documents
File review opening

All applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents at the time of application and must submit a notarized/certified photocopy of one of the accepted citizenship documents.

Proof of citizenship must be current at the time of application and expired documents will not be accepted.

CaRMS is partnering with third-party organizations to automate the verification of citizenship/legal status required by postgraduate offices for entry into residency. Third-party verification simplifies the process for applicants and programs. All applicants who do not receive third-party citizenship verification will be required to upload and assign an acceptable proof of citizenship document. Please see additional information here.

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR CANADIAN MEDICAL GRADUATES

A Canadian Medical Graduate (CMG) or U.S. Allopathic Medical Graduate (USMG) is an individual who received their medical degree from a medical school accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

PROOF OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY Language assessment document accepted: IELTS Academic

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: Minimum of 7.0 in each of the components

Language assessment document accepted: Occupational English Test (OET) -Medicine

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: Minimum grade of B

Language assessment document accepted: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – General

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: Minimum grade of 9 in all sections

Applicants will be required to provide proof of proficiency in the English language to meet licensing requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSS) of Saskatchewan.

CMGs/USMGs who completed their medical education in an English medical school in Canada or the US are not required to submit proof of English language proficiency.

Canadian applicants with medical education from the University of Montreal, Sherbrooke, Laval, and the University of Ottawa (French stream) are required to meet the English language proficiency requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and must complete one of the language exams listed above.

Applicants who are required to complete a language exam must submit a valid test score to CaRMS by the program rank order deadline. Applicants who do not provide acceptable proof of language proficiency by the program rank order deadline will not be ranked. 

Please direct any questions about language requirements or eligibility to della.toews@usask.ca. Applicants should not contact CPSS directly about their eligibility for licensure.

MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS N/A
OTHER ASSESSMENTS Assessment name: Casper

  • Acceptable assessment date range: Current match cycle
  • Minimum score: N/A

All applicants are required to complete a Casper test (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics). The Casper test is a standardized, online assessment of non-cognitive skills, interpersonal characteristics, and personal values and is administered by Altus Assessments. Applicants must contact Altus Assessments to confirm test dates and register for a test. Questions should be directed to https://takealtus.com/contact-us/.

Note: Test scores are only valid for the match cycle in which the exam was taken. If applicants have taken the test in a past match cycle, they must write a new exam for the current match. Applicants who took the test in the 1st iteration of the 2023 R1 match are not eligible to rewrite the test in 2nd iteration.

RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS There is no Return of Service requirement for CMGs/USMGs.
MEDICAL EDUCATION Please review individual program descriptions for a list of required documents.

Matched applicants who are graduating in the spring will need to provide a copy of their medical degree/diploma to the PGME office and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) prior to the start of residency training.

NOTE: Applicants who are considering a delay to their convocation date must be aware that a medical degree cannot be issued to a student until they have convocated. CPSS bylaws require that new residents must have received their medical degree prior to the commencement of residency training. Choosing to delay convocation will affect a matched applicant’s ability to commence their residency training program in Saskatchewan on July 1. Please refer to the U of S CaRMS Deferral Policy for additional information.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Changes: The College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Health for the Province of Saskatchewan reserve the right to make changes to information published on the CaRMS website pertaining to Saskatchewan postgraduate training without prior notice.

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES

An International Medical Graduate (IMG) is an individual who received their medical degree from a medical school that listed with the World Directory of Medical Schools (World Directory) published by the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME).

A U.S. Osteopathic Medical Graduate (USMG- Osteo) is an individual who received their medical degree from an accredited Osteopathic medical school.

PROOF OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY Language assessment document accepted: IELTS Academic

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: Minimum of 7.0 in each of the components

Language assessment document accepted: Occupational English Test (OET) -Medicine

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: Minimum grade of B

Language assessment document accepted: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – General

  • Document validity (not expired) by: Must be valid up to July 1, 2023
  • Minimum score: Minimum grade of 9 in all sections

Applicants will be required to provide proof of proficiency in the English language to meet licensing requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSS) of Saskatchewan.

International medical graduates (IMGs) are not required to provide a language exam if their medical education was obtained in one of the following countries or Caribbean Islands identified by the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada as having English as a first or native language:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Grenadines
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Kitts & Nevis
  • Lucia
  • Vincent
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • US Virgin Islands

Applicants whose medical education was in a country not listed above will be required to complete one of the language exams listed above. Applicants who are required to complete a language exam must submit a valid test score to CaRMS by the program rank order deadline. Applicants who do not provide acceptable proof of language proficiency by the program rank order deadline will not be ranked.

Please direct any questions about language requirements or eligibility to della.toews@usask.ca. Applicants should not contact CPSS directly about their eligibility for licensure.

The following documents will not be accepted as proof of English language proficiency:

  • a copy of the FAIMER page for the applicant’s medical school
  • a letter of English attestation from the Dean of the applicant’s medical school
MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA EXAMS Examination: MCCQE Part I

  • Date/milestone assessment submission required: File review opening
  • Requirement: Mandatory

Examination: NAC Examination

  • Date/milestone assessment submission required: File review opening
  • Requirement: Mandatory

Exam results and supplemental feedback reports must be submitted by the File Review deadline. Please review program descriptions for more information.

All licensing exams are administered by the Medical Council of Canada. Any clarification or questions should be directed to the MCC.

OTHER ASSESSMENTS Assessment name: Casper

  • Acceptable assessment date range: Current match cycle
  • Minimum score: N/A

All applicants are required to complete a Casper test (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics). The Casper test is a standardized, online assessment of non-cognitive skills, interpersonal characteristics, and personal values and is administered by Altus Assessments. Applicants must contact Altus Assessments to confirm test dates and register for a test. Questions should be directed to https://takealtus.com/contact-us/.

Note: Test scores are only valid for the match cycle in which the exam was taken. If applicants have taken the test in a past match cycle, they must write a new exam for the current match. Applicants who took the test in the 1st iteration of the 2023 R1 match are not eligible to rewrite the test in 2nd iteration.

RETURN OF SERVICE (ROS) REQUIREMENTS IMG applicants who match to Family Medicine positions in the second iteration of the CaRMS match will be required to sign a Return of Service Agreement with the Province of Saskatchewan.

 

The Return of Service Agreement must be signed before the matched applicant can commence their residency training program. If a candidate does not fulfill their return of service commitment in a Saskatchewan community, they will be required to repay their funding (resident salary and associated training costs) plus accumulated interest.

Click here to view a copy of the Return of Service Agreement for Saskatchewan.

For more information on the return of service commitment, please contact:

Bev Horne
Financial Analyst/Bursary Administrator
saskdocs – Saskatoon
Saskatchewan Health Authority
Email: Beverly.horne@saskdocs.ca

MEDICAL EDUCATION Please review individual program descriptions for a list of required documents.

All IMGs must have their medical education documents verified by physiciansapply.ca. The verification process can take several months and applicants are advised to contact physiciansapply.ca at the time of application.

Matched applicants who are graduating in the spring will need to provide a copy of their medical degree/diploma to the PGME office and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) prior to the start of residency training.

NOTE: Applicants who are considering a delay to their convocation date must be aware that a medical degree cannot be issued to a student until they have convocated. CPSS bylaws require that new residents must have received their medical degree prior to the commencement of residency training. Choosing to delay convocation will affect a matched applicant’s ability to commence their residency training program in Saskatchewan on July 1. Please refer to the U of S CaRMS Deferral Policy for additional information.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Changes: The College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Health for the Province of Saskatchewan reserve the right to make changes to information published on the CaRMS website pertaining to Saskatchewan postgraduate training without prior notice.

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